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Historical Aerial Mining Tour

Experience the historical mining areas of Northern WI and the Upper Peninsula of Michigan during this fascinating airplane tour with sight seeing expert and pilot Bill Lauer! Learn the history of mining through a birds-eye view of how the mining companies and their corresponding communities developed!

Historical Aerial Mining TourThe tour begins in the Mellen, WI area and will proceed east to Bessemer, MI. Known as the Penokee Mountain Range, mining started in this area in the late 1880’s and continued through the early 1960’s. Although no longer active, you will see remnants of the old mines, the vast areas they covered and the surrounding boomtowns that developed. View the overgrowth of trees and underbrush as nature astonishingly renews itself on the tailings of mining byproduct.

You will see some of the transportation routes used to move over 400 million tons of iron ore that was shipped from both Iron and Gogebic Counties to the steel mills of Milwaukee and beyond.

We will show you the vast areas of timber that was cut to be used as support beams inside the large underground tunnels where the ore was mined. And if it is a clear day, you will see the Apostle Islands, Lake Superior, area skill hills, Copper Peak and plenty of beautiful wild country!

DURATION: approximately 1 hour

DEPARTURE POINT: Either Manitowish Waters, WI Airport or Ironwood, MI Airport

Don’t forget your camera!!

1 Hour Tour, Up to 3 Guests: $300 in Sea Plane OR $150 in Land Plane.

Our aircraft is equipped with head sets sanitized before each use.

1 Hour Scenic Airplane Tour

Up to 3 People
$300/hr : Sea Plane
$150/hr : Land Plane

Lake Tour: See the lakes of Lac du Flambeau, Minocqua, & Manitowish Waters

Superior Tour: Cruise the shores of Lake Superior

Historical Mining Tour

Woodland Highway Tour

Contact Us
Lauer Aviation, LLC

4704 N. Lamekas Rd.
Mercer, WI 54547

Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 626
Mercer, WI 54547

Tel: 715-476-7810
Cell: 920-427-3902

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